Covid 19 Response
At present, Ethical Giving is focused on identifying and funding organisations and projects based in Gloucestershire that are supporting people in the local community who are particularly vulnerable during the current crisis. In April 2020, we made the following donations:
- Feed Gloucester (£1000) - co-ordinated by the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, the group supplies pre-paid supermarket vouchers to charities and schools to distribute to people and families that are struggling.
- Play Gloucestershire (£1000) - the charity is aiming to deliver 1,000 'Bags of Play' to 1,000 children in need in Gloucestershire by the end of May. Each bag contains resources for active and creative, indoor and outdoor play at home.
- National Star Foundation (£1000) - through the National Star College, its training, specialist services and work in the wider community, the organisation is helping people with disabilities to realise their full potential.
- Stroud Women's Refuge (£1000) - provides a range of accommodation and support services for women and children at its two refuges, who have left home as a result of domestic abuse.
- Nailsworth Scrubs for Heroes (£500) - co-ordinated by the Nailsworth Chamber of Commerce, the group is making visors, face masks and scrub sets, as well as cooking for NHS workers and providing them with free meals.
- Cheltenham Face Shields for NHS Staff (£500) - co-ordinated by the Design and Technology department at Balcarras School, the group is producing face shields for NHS and other frontline workers.
Ethical Giving is also working with Gloucestershire Funders, a new collaboration between charitable foundations and organisations who can provide funding for charities, groups, people and activities in Gloucestershire during the crisis. Through this initiative, we will support the following projects (below), with others to follow;
- Friendship Café (£1000) - the Gloucester-based charity is currently using its facilities to provide a community help hub to support those in need and offering services such as delivering essential supplies to those in isolation or difficult circumstances.
- Forest Voluntary Action Forum (£1000) - As the Volunteer Centre for the Forest of Dean, FVAF is currently helping to coordinate the district's response to the Covid-19 crisis e.g. to ensure vulnerable people have essential shopping and prescriptions delivered. It is working with local community groups to identify and fill gaps in provision.
We would like to thank all the volunteers and key workers who are helping the most vulnerable in our local communities, please stay safe and well.